Energy Audits, Whether DIY or Professional, Provide Answers to Inefficiency
Do you use energy-efficient lighting and keep a close eye on heating, cooling and hot water usage, but you’re still puzzled by sky-high energy bills? The solution to your energy flux, and that of many other Cincinnati area homeowners, is a comprehensive energy audit.
Energy audits: DIY or professional?An energy audit is the process of analyzing and measuring where energy is being wasted in a home. For DIY energy auditors, simple tools like an incense stick, caulk and weatherstripping can be used to reveal and seal air leaks. Here’s the step-by-step DIY method:
- Close all windows and doors.
- Light an incense stick and hold it up to window and door seams, electrical outlets, the garage access door and the attic hatch or door.
- Any place where the smoke wavers is the location of an air leak.
- Use weatherstripping around doors, including the attic hatch or door.
- Use silicon caulk to seal cracks around windows.
- Install gaskets behind outlet plates.
- A blower door test depressurizes your home, revealing air leaks as outside air is pulled inside. A calibrated test indicates the rate of leakage over a specified time.
- A thermal scan using infrared video reveals hot and cold spots around the exterior of your home, indicating areas that are lacking in insulation.